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New York Times Co. v. Sullivan
Citation:376 U.S. 254 (1964)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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L.B. Sullivan (plaintiff) sued four clergymen and the New York Times Company (defendant) for libel after they published an advertisement in support of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The plaintiff alleged that the ad was defamatory in its criticism of public officials, although the plaintiff was not mentioned by name. It was agreed that some of the statements made in the advertisement were factually inaccurate regarding recent student protests.
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